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karele ki bhujiya
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Karele Ki Bhujiya

Karele ki Bhujiya- A simple Rustic style bitter gourd stir fried with few basic Indian spices

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Keyword: karela, karela bhujiya, Karele ki bhujiya
Servings: -1
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 400 gm Bitter Gourd / Karela
  • 4 tbsp Mustard Oil / Sarso ka tel
  • 1/3 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • To Taste Salt / Namak
  • 3/4 tsp Mango Powder / Amchoor Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Red Chilli powder / Laal mirch powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Coriander / Cilantro / Hara Dhaniya
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel powder/ Pisi Saunf


  • Wash karela thoroughly and remove the stalks.
  • Chop to make thin slices of 1.5- 2 inches length OR make thin roundels (remove the hard mature seeds only)
  • Apply 1/2 tsp salt on the slices and keep aside for 5 minutes and then wash it well, this step is done to remove the bitterness of karela. (This step is optional,you can skip this step , I normally make bhujiya without doing this)
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add turmeric in the oil and then add the sliced karela pieces.
  • Stir fry for 2 minutes on medium heat and then cover the pan with a lid and cook till its half done.
  • Remove the lid and cook on low heat till karela is done. keep stirring in between.
  • When karela get cooked then add the spices and mix well.
  • Stir fry for a minute on low heat so the spices will be roasted well.
  • Serve with daal-chawal, khichdi or roti.